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Tune into a good book

Tune into a good book

Ever wanted to get completely lost in the world of a book from home? Music streaming service Deezer and International Booker Prize can make that happen. We've worked on playlists for the 2020 shortlist and some great summer reads to create pairing menus like no other. The ‘Sounds of…’ series matches the shortlisted books with complementary music. Not unlike the pairing of a delicious meal with a great bottle of wine.

You may be wondering, isn’t listening to music distracting while reading? Not according to research. Recent research proves that music can be an effective aid for reading as it can stir up emotions, enhancing the experience.  

Each book has been paired with specific songs to take readers from the real to fictional world. In The Memory Police, you’ll be transported to a dystopian reality with the help of Asian-inspired electronic beats. Hurricane Season’s dark setting in a narco-inhabited Mexican village is mirrored by the sounds of Mexico. Meanwhile, the comedic themes of Tyll come through with the energetic folk rhythms of its dedicated playlist.

Our ‘Sounds Of…’ International Booker Prize 2020 series:


1. Sounds of The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar. Playlist here
2. Sounds of The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (translated by Iona Macintye and Fiona Mackintosh). Playlist here
3. Sounds of Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (translated by Ross Benjamin). Playlist here
4. Sounds of Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (translated by Sophie Hughes). Playlist here
5. Sounds of The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder). Playlist here
6. Sounds of The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (translated by Michele Hutchison). Playlist here

Adam Read, UK & Ireland Media Editor at Deezer said, “Every playlist changes tone, beat and mood to complement the different narratives, from the magic in The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, to the satire of Tyll. Pairing the disturbing and tragic themes of The Discomfort of Evening with dark and mysterious sounds sent shivers down my spine. I had so many of those surreal moments creating these playlists. For the readers, I’m sure it will keep intensifying as they get further engrossed in the book. They took me on six exciting journeys; now let’s see where they take you!” 

If you’re not sure which book to start with, Deezer has a quiz to find the story and music that suits you best.

Once you’ve made your way through the shortlist, International Booker Prize chair Ted Hodgkinson has more books for you. He’s got a list of great summer reads you can get lost in and Deezer’s got the tunes to match.


Ted’s summer selections are:
Afropean by Johny Piits
Square Haunting by Francesca Wade
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
My Darling from the Lions by Rachel Long
Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd)
Low by Jeet Thayil
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin (translated by Megan McDowell

Ted Hodgkinson, chair of the International Booker Prize 2020 judges, said, “Over the past year of reading I’ve been tuned into some brilliant translated fiction. Now I’m excited to hear some sounds selected by the experts at Deezer, who have curated playlists tailored to this year’s shortlist. I hope this will inspire more readers to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of our International Booker Prize shortlist.”